The PEI Symphony Orchestra announces a special PEI 2014 concert event, and a Composition Competition
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – With the generous support of the PEI 2014 Fund, the PEI Symphony is delighted to announce a very special concert event to be presented in November 2014, featuring original orchestral music composed by Canadians to celebrate Canada and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.
Under the leadership of new PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro, the program will include two new classical works composed for the PEI Symphony for this event by Canadian composers, and a performance with an established PEI popular music artist. The event will be a key cultural event in the PEI 2014 celebrations this year, and may result in a recording to be made available for sale within a few months of the event: a great legacy for the cross country celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017, and for the PEI Symphony and the music community in PEI.
The first step for the PEI Symphony is the launching now of an open “Composition Competition” inviting Canadian composers to submit an original works inspired by ‘Canada’, being ‘Canadian’, the arts in Canada, or by the 1864 Charlottetown Conference for consideration for the program. The Music Director and project team will supervise the process of selecting the winning composers whose works will be performed at this concert.
“Celebrate Canada” will be held on Sunday November 23rd at 2:30pm at the Confederation Centre of the Arts – itself established in 1964 to honour the 100th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference on the way to Confederation in 1867.
In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. The PEI 2014 Fund is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations, and the PEI Symphony Orchestra is grateful for their support for this concert event. All PEI 2014 celebrations are made possible through generous support from the Government of Canada, Government of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown. The year-long and province-wide PEI 2014 program of events will honour the past, celebrate the present and plan a bold tomorrow.
This “Celebrate Canada” concert will provide a lasting legacy for the two winning orchestral composers, the featured PEI pop/folk artist, all of the orchestra musicians from high students to seasoned pros, and the whole audience as we join together to Celebrate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, and what it means to be Canadian.
Details for the PEI Symphony Competition for Compositions for our PEI 2014 Event “Celebrate Canada”
The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce a competition for TWO orchestral compositions. The winning compositions will be performed in November 2014 at a PEI Symphony performance event at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI. This performance is entitle “Celebrate Canada”, and has been made possibly by a grant from the PEI 2014 Fund as part of the festivities to celebrate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference which eventually led to the creation of Canada in 1867.
The event will include two new classical works composed for the PEI Symphony for this event by Canadian composers, and a performance with an established PEI popular music artist. The concert will be professionally recorded as well with the intention of mastering and producing a recording which will be made available for sale within a few months of the event.
PEI 2014 aims to create an unforgettable 150th anniversary year that will celebrate and commemorate the historic Charlottetown Conference of 1864 and Prince Edward Island’s role in the formation of Canada. More than a celebration, 2014 events will remind us that PEI is where great ideas are born and Canadians from coast to coast to coast are invited to collaborate and participate. That key moment in Canada’s history may have taken place in Charlottetown in the smallest province in the nation, but the repercussions were far-reaching indeed. The 2014 anniversary schedule will embrace the whole country with regional and national themes and an opportunity for all participants to play a role in the celebrations.
- Deadline for submission: Scores must be received by midnight AST June 30, 2014.
- Format of submission: scores must be submitted electronically in PDF format. A bound paper copy of each submission must also be mailed to [mailing address], and also received by June 30, 2014.
- Maximum orchestration for submissions:
- 2-2-2-2//4-3-3-1//timpani plus percussion//strings
- Approximate string count 12-10-8-6-4
- No harp; no piano
- Wind doubling is acceptable
- Compositions may use fewer forces than those listed above
- The PEI Symphony seeks to develop works that will be meaningful for the occasion we are celebrating and also have the potential to be of enduring interest and value.
- Up to two awards of C$10,000 each will be made available to the winning composer(s), one award for each of the streams described below. The selection committee reserves the right not to award a prize in either or both categories if no submission deemed satisfactory is received.
The soundscape of Canada, past and present, is a rich tapestry comprising musical strands that represent a wide variety of musical styles (classical, folk, popular, etc.). The composer’s assignment is to craft a 15-20-minute tone poem, fantasia etc. integrating any number and type of elements in creative, witty, profound ways (without violating any trademark or copyright constraints). The work should somehow be experienced as leading to, and must then culminate in, “O Canada,” in which the audience will participate.
This stream features a 15-20 minute composition for orchestra plus one classical singer of any voice type (soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, or baritone). The topic for the composition, broadly speaking, is Canadian experience: history, folklore, culture, landscape; the connection with the Charlottetown Conference should be evident if not explicit. The text(s) must be by a Canadian author in any language(s) widely or historically spoken in Canada. The composer must stipulate either that the text(s) is/are in the public domain or must provide any/all appropriate permission(s).
For more information about this event and the PEISO 2014 Composition Competition, please visit www.peisymphony.com, send an inquiry to email@example.com or call 902-892-4333.